Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Policy #0107

“Training Requirements for Animal Users at Einstein” 

A key mission of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is to oversee the training of faculty, students and staff in the proper use of experimental animals at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Einstein). To ensure that this training is adequate and consistent, all new animal users are required to complete the required training before starting to work with animals:

  1. The on-line training module entitled: Working with the IACUC through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).
  2. The face to face in-house training[1] entitled: New Users Orientation to Research Animal Use at Einstein.This face to face training is designed to explain institution-specific policies and procedures regarding responsible animal care and research.  In addition, below are additional mandatory on-line training modules through CITI and additional HANDS-ON face to face in-house training.  These are designed to provide training related to the specific species and specific procedures that will be performed under the approved animal use protocol.



    Sterile Survival Surgery for Rodents - Principles & Practices

    Mandatory for those that will perform rodent survival surgery 

    • Module(s) related to specific rodent that trainee will handle in the laboratory
    • Minimizing Pain and Distress
    • Aseptic Surgery

    Safe and Humane Rodent Handling, Anesthesia, Analgesia and Euthanasia

    Mandatory for all that will handle rodents

    • Modules(s) related to specific rodent trainee will handle in the laboratory 

    Sterile Survival Surgery for Non-Rodent Species Hands-On: Mandatory for All Performing Survival Surgery on Non-Rodent Species (You MUST participate in hands-on portion of training)

    • Module(s) related to specific rodent that trainee will handle in the laboratory
    • Minimizing Pain and Distress
    • Aseptic Surgery
  3. A walk through orientation of the specific animal facility where animals are housed with an Institute for Animal Studies’ Facility Supervisor.The purpose of the walk through is to: (1) introduce new animal users to the Facility Supervisor, and (2) ensure that new animal users are familiarized with facility-specific equipment, supplies, and procedures (e.g. PPE requirements, biosafety cabinet use, cage labelling, specialty cards, euthanasia station location and use) etc.  An invitation to take the walk through orientation will be sent by e-mail once the following has occurred:
    1. All required on-line training modules and face to face in-house training sessions have been completed.
    2. The IACUC Office has received an animal use protocol listing the new animal user OR a modification to add the new animal user to an approved animal use protocol.The appropriate document should be filed when you register for face to face in-house training.
    3. If you do not have an Einstein e-mail address, you must provide written documentation from Einstein’s Occupational Health Service Department that you have been cleared to work at Einstein.

Faculty, students and staff who will work with animals at Einstein must complete all required training before they can be approved as personnel on an animal use protocol.

Approved: 8/15/01

Reviewed and Reapproved: 12/2013, 6/15/2011, 11/18/2014 

[1] Once new personnel has registered for face to face in-house training, an animal use protocol or a modification to an approved animal use protocol listing the new personnel’s name should be filed with the IACUC (


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